OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE TEAM

ROB SPANJAARD

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Rob is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Rezco Asset Management, a position that he has held since 2004. Since then, Rezco has achieved a market-leading investment track record and won seven best fund awards in major categories.

Rob graduated from UCT with a B.Com and CTA , and won the national Financial Mail reader stock picking competition as a student before passing the Chartered Accountants Board Exam. He then worked as a portfolio manager for Momentum Life. Rob left to co-lead a private equity deal that involved purchasing the assets of a bankrupt company. As CEO, Rob grew the turnover and profits by a compound 25% per annum for 15 years. When Rob and his consortium exited in 2005, Sovereign Foods was the most profitable South African company in its industry.

Rob's lifelong fascination with markets and investing has refined investing principals that he has infused into the Rezco team, to create a culture of innovative investment thinking.

SIMON SYLVESTER

HEAD OF RESEARCH & CO-PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Simon worked previously in roles at Deutsche Bank (London), Cogito Capital and Discovery Invest. Simon qualified from UKZN with a B.Bus Sci (Finance Honours), and holds the CFA and CIPM designations.

Simon, as Head of Research, has a keen interest in how to incorporate new technologies with behavioural finance and traditional investing to build a highly focused, alpha generating research capacity at Rezco. As Co-Portfolio Manager, Simon works closely with Rob in order to generate exceptional risk-adjusted returns for Rezco’s clients. Simon has filled these roles at Rezco since the end of 2017.

RONALD CAPE

OPERATIONS HEAD & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ron joined Rezco in 2004, after returning from the USA where he completed his MBA. He serves as Operations Director of Rezco. Ron is highly experienced in all facets of Rezco Asset Management.

BRIAN DU PLESSIS

CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS HEAD & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Brian joined Rezco Asset Management in 2011 as an equity analyst. Prior to joining Rezco, he worked at Goldman Sachs, in London, as a Natural Resources Mergers and Acquisitions analyst before returning to South Africa in 2010. In 2012 he took up the responsibility of heading up distribution for Rezco. In 2015 he was made a Director of Rezco and is now responsible for all distribution aspects at Rezco.

JAN KRYNAUW

DIRECTOR: ACTUARY, TECHNOLOGY & alis_

Former senior investment consultant at Old Mutual Actuaries and Consultants and a qualified Actuary with 16 years industry experience. Jan has an B.Sc Honours in Actuarial Science degree and has also completed Computer Science studies at the University of Stellenbosch.
INVESTMENT RESEARCH TEAM

ROB SPANJAARD

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Rob is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Rezco Asset Management, a position that he has held since 2004. Since then, Rezco has achieved a market-leading investment track record and won seven best fund awards in major categories.

Rob graduated from UCT with a B.Com and CTA , and won the national Financial Mail reader stock picking competition as a student before passing the Chartered Accountants Board Exam. He then worked as a portfolio manager for Momentum Life. Rob left to co-lead a private equity deal that involved purchasing the assets of a bankrupt company. As CEO, Rob grew the turnover and profits by a compound 25% per annum for 15 years. When Rob and his consortium exited in 2005, Sovereign Foods was the most profitable South African company in its industry.

Rob's lifelong fascination with markets and investing has refined investing principals that he has infused into the Rezco team, to create a culture of innovative investment thinking.

BRENDAN RAYMOND

SENIOR ANALYST

Brendan completed his Honours degree in Investment Management from the University of Pretoria.
He then joined Rezco as an analyst in 2014 and worked with Rezco for a number of years, covering a range of stocks and themes both locally and globally.

Recently, Brendan has re-joined Rezco after taking time to advise, launch, and transition a few entrepreneurial ventures in South Africa in a variety of industries including retail and manufacturing.

TAKURA CHINODYA

ANALYST

Takura has 6 years’ experience in the investment banking industry where he worked on a number of large transactions in the South African equity market. Prior to joining Rezco, Takura was an associate and team leader at Goldman Sachs in South Africa, working on their deal team in the M&A/Corporate Advisory division within the investment bank. Takura qualified from UCT with an Honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (FAPM) and was included on the Deans Merit List. Takura is also a CFA charterholder.

MUOFHE KWINDA

ANALYST

Muofhe graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B.Com Financial Analysis Honours degree. He is currently a CFA Level II candidate.

SIMON SYLVESTER

HEAD OF RESEARCH & CO-PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Simon worked previously in roles at Deutsche Bank (London), Cogito Capital and Discovery Invest. Simon qualified from UKZN with a B.Bus Sci (Finance Honours), and holds the CFA and CIPM designations.

Simon, as Head of Research, has a keen interest in how to incorporate new technologies with behavioural finance and traditional investing to build a highly focused, alpha generating research capacity at Rezco. As Co-Portfolio Manager, Simon works closely with Rob in order to generate exceptional risk-adjusted returns for Rezco’s clients. Simon has filled these roles at Rezco since the end of 2017.

DIANA MWANDIDYA

ANALYST

A CFA charterholder, Diana is working towards the CGMA Designation and contributes her independent thinking and insight to the Rezco team. She studied management accounting at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Markets from the University of Johannesburg.

JAMES SPANJAARD

AUTONOMOUS LEARNING & ADVANCED QUANT TOOLS

* Affiliated company - Rezco A.L.I.S. USA

James Spanjaard is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS , James was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Johannesburg and Munich. At BCG James was selected from a worldwide pool of candidates as one of ten ambassadors to BCG’s internal think-tank, the BCG Henderson Institute. As an ambassador to the Henderson Institute, James helped found BCG’s worldwide AI Initiative. James is passionate about philanthropy and dedicates a portion of his personal time to consulting for two South African non-profits serving local communities through education and job skills training. He has a B.Sc in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University where he was one of two members of his graduating class to receive the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award recognizing student excellence in academics, leadership and service.

GEORGE MEYER

QUANTITATIVE ANALYST

George has a B. Com (Hons) in Actuarial Science from the University of Stellenbosch, and is expected to graduate with a M. Com in Mathematical Statistics from SU in March 2020. During his master’s degree, George participated in an exchange programme at the University of Amsterdam focusing on advanced statistics and machine learning. George will continue to pursue studies towards becoming a qualified actuary.

JAN KRYNAUW

DIRECTOR: ACTUARY, TECHNOLOGY & alis_

Former senior investment consultant at Old Mutual Actuaries and Consultants and a qualified Actuary with 16 years industry experience. Jan has an B.Sc Honours in Actuarial Science degree and has also completed Computer Science studies at the University of Stellenbosch.

GARIKAI CHIGWEDERE

ANALYST

Gari graduated from UCT with an honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management. Gari joined Rezco after spending three years on the sell side covering South African Construction and Building Materials as well as Africa (ex-South Africa).

NICHOLAS BRECKWOLDT

MACHINE LEARNING

Nicholas qualified from Stellenbosch University (SU) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Cum Laude) in Chemical Engineering. He more recently obtained a Ph.D qualification (Chemical Engineering) from SU, the results of which have led to several peer-reviewed international journal publications. These research contributions earned him the nomination as the best Ph.D graduate for the 2019 year in the Department of Process Engineering at SU.

JOHANN LOURENS

DEALING & MODELS

Johann graduated from Nelson Mandela University with a B.Sc in Mathematics. As Head of Dealing he is responsible for all trade related compliance and execution, as well as management of research provider relationships. Johann is passionate about leveraging technology and relationships to ensure the best outcomes for our investors

JOHN WILLIAMS

RESOURCES PORTFOLIO MANAGER

John spent 5 years as Group Head of Commodities Research at Anglo American in London and Johannesburg. He spent six years at McKinsey in London and Johannesburg prior to moving to Anglo American. John has a both an Undergraduate and Masters Engineering Degree from Cambridge University, where he graduated top of his class on both occasions. He followed this up with an MBA from London Business School.

CHRIS LUYCKX

ANALYST

Chris joined Rezco after graduating with a B.Com Financial Analysis Honours degree from Stellenbosch University. He was one of the top academic achievers in his final year of study and was placed on the Dean's Merit List for five final year subjects. He is currently a CFA Level III candidate.

NIC MURPHY

BRIDGE ENGINEER

Nic earned his B.Sc (Hons) in Advanced Mathematics of Finance (Cum Laude) from Wits University, graduating as the top student in his class and receiving the award for the best honours project. Nic then went on to complete his M.Sc in Advanced Analytics (Cum Laude) at UCT, covering various courses in statistics and data science, while his research focused on the development, and in-depth statistical analysis, of a quantitative trading algorithm.
OPERATIONS TEAM

KERRI-ANNE ROELOFSE

FUND ACCOUNTANT

Kerri-Anne completed her B.Com. Accounting and Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy at Nelson Mandela University. She serves as Fund Accountant and heads up Rezco's internal Fund Pricing Team.

QUINTIN PUTZIER

GROUP ACCOUNTANT

Quintin studied at Nelson Mandela University where he received a B.Com and B.Com (Hons) in Accounting. He completed his articles at Deloitte in 2016, and went on to work at Deloitte in Canada before returning to South Africa where he joined the Rezco team as Group Accountant. Quintin is currently studying MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

CHANTAL COETZEE

FUND ACCOUNTANT

Chantal completed a B.Com. General Accounting degree in 2012 from Nelson Mandela University and serves as the Fund Accountant for the Rezco team.

ALEX HARDMAN

FUND ACCOUNTANT

Alex finished his B.Com, majoring in finance and accounting, in 2019. He joined the fund administration team to work on both FA and TA duties.

ERIDENE COLTMAN

OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

Eridene joined Rezco after working in the customer service industry for several years. She studied Accounting at Nelson Mandela University, and serves as the Operations Administrator at Rezco.

CASEY BUTCHER

TRADE DESK ASSISTANT

Casey is employed at Rezco as the Trade Desk Assistant. She graduated from Nelson Mandela University with her B.Com Economics & Statistics (Cum Laude) and B.Com Honours Economics (Cum Laude).

MIGNON HAUMAN

LEGAL OFFICER: CORPORATE AFFAIRS AND COMPLIANCE

Mignon Hauman holds an LL.B (UFS) and an LL.M (UFS, cum laude). She is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Mignon joined Rezco in May 2016. She assists Management with the development and implementation of the company's compliance framework and attends to all legal and compliance related matters.
CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS TEAM

JACQUES DU TOIT

INVESTMENT SPECIALIST

Jacques has 13 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having been a financial advisor for 8 years before joining Rezco in 2015 as an Investment Specialist. He is a Certified Financial Planner® with an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning as well as a B.Com (Hons) degree in Portfolio Management and Financial Economics.

HENK VENTER

INVESTMENT SPECIALIST

Henk has more than a decade's experience as a financial advisor and as such, understands the dynamic between investors and their advisors. Prior to joining Rezco, Henk worked as a financial advisor for 10 years, of which the last 5 years were General Manager of this 40-advisor firm. It is for this reason he can relate to the challenges and provide solutions to Financial Advisors in the Pretoria, Limpopo and Mpumalanga regions. Henk holds a B.Com in Marketing Management from the University of Pretoria, a B.Com Honours in Financial Planning from the University of Johannesburg, a certificate in Wealth Management and has completed certificate courses in Financial and Investment Analysis, and Equity Valuation. He is also a certificate holder in Investment Foundations from the CFA Institute and a Certified Financial Planner® professional with the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa.

DALE McCARTHY

DISTRIBUTION ANALYST

Dale joined Rezco in 2015, after working as a para-planner. He completed his BCom Rationum (Law) (Cum Laude) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (Cum Laude) at NMMU. Thereafter, he studied an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning specialising in estate planning and risk management (Cum Laude) at UFS. He is a CFP® professional. Dale works in the Client Relationships team at Rezco and is a Distribution Analyst.
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

WALLY GRAY

NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Wally has worked in the investment industry all his life, and established Rezco in 1981 after years in the investment division at a large mining resource company, then as the investment manager at Nedbank, and executive director of investments at Sage Holdings. Wally took on the role of non-executive chairman in 2018 after decades at the helm of Rezco.

LEON KAPLAN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Leon contributes a wealth of experience as non-executive director. His past titles include Financial Director of the Sage Group and Chairman of the Audit Committee, and he is currently a Project Director of SAICA’s Special Projects with the Departments of Education and Health.

BERNIE NACKAN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As well as acting as non-executive director for Rezco, Bernie holds the same position at Redefine SA and UK. He is a past Executive Director of the Sage group, and a Managing Director of Sage Unit Trusts. Bernie also served on the CIS Advisory Committee appointed by the Minister of Finance.